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ERIC Number: EJ1036956
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0034-0561
Extending Interactive Writing into Grades 2-5
Roth, Kate; Dabrowski, Joan
Reading Teacher, v68 n1 p33-44 Sep 2014
Interactive writing is an instructional practice widely considered effective and most appropriate for emergent writers. This article asserts that it is a valuable method for more fluent writers in grades 2-5. It outlines the basic lesson sequence and proposes four key shifts to adapt interactive writing for older, more fluent writers: 1) The lesson sequence is more fluid and dynamic; 2) Elements of Share the Pen are modified; 3) Lessons decrease in frequency while increasing in length; and 4) Teaching points expand and extend around genre. Four universal principles that hold across all grades are further elaborated: 1) Value each step in the lesson; 2) Balance the planned and unplanned teaching opportunities; 3) Make intentional teaching decisions as students develop; and 4) Make explicit links between a whole class lesson and students' own writing. Recommendations for implementing interactive writing in upper-elementary grades are suggested.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 2; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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